We're familiar with talking about a Packers player named Rodgers getting the "MVP" tag, but here's a bit of a change-up: The MVP of Green Bay's OTAs was rookie tight end Richard Rodgers. That's according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Dunne wrote Wednesday that Rodgers "plucked passes with one hand' during workouts and has a shot to be the team's Week 1 starter if he can prove to be a capable in-line blocker. He'll face competition from many sides, including Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick and fellow rookie Colt Lyerla.
Most of Dunne's article is about Bostick, his trek to get back on to the field after suffering a broken foot last year, and sweating off the weight he gained while he was unable to work out. Bostick said he is about 270 pounds and wants to get down to 260. That should be a problem with training camp coming up.
Quarless, who ended last season as the Packers' starter at tight end, missed all of OTAs and mandatory minicamp for undisclosed reasons. He is probably atop the depth chart, but his spot is tenuous. Rodgers, a third-round rookie, doesn't have off-the-chart measurables like so many TEs entering the league, but he's a big target with big hands.
Lyerla is the best athlete in the bunch, but he's also an enigma. A five-star recruit out of high school who signed with the University of Oregon, Lyerla never put up big numbers with the Ducks, was suspended by the team for missing practices and then abruptly quit the team last October. A couple of weeks later, he was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine. He pleaded guilty. He was signed by the Packers in May as an undrafted free agent. If he stays on the straight and narrow, Lyerla could be a fantastic receiver at this level.
Currently, this is a murky camp battle to watch. Whoever wins the starting job is going to have some measure of fantasy value right away because his quarterback will be that "other" Rodgers, and he's pretty good.